During the Flow CARIFTA Games Bahamas 2018, we invite you to explore all of our islands. One step and you’ll realize our beauty extends far beyond our extraordinary natural wonders. It’s the smiles on the faces of the Bahamian people. The unique sounds of our rich culture. The warm hospitality of our heritage and our colorful history which starts with the original inhabitants, the Lucayan Indians and the landfall of Christopher Columbus on San Salvador Island, one of the countries more southern islands in 1492. British settlement of the islands began in 1647 with the islands becoming a colony in 1783.

LOCATION

An archipelago of 700 islands, cays and islets, The Commonwealth of The Bahamas is spread over 100,000 square miles in the Atlantic Ocean. The country lies just 50 miles southeast of the Florida Keys and northeast of Cuba.

TIME ZONE

GM – 5

POPULATION

324,597

31 districts: Acklins Islands, Berry Islands, Bimini, Black Point, Cat Island, Central Abaco, Central Andros, Central Eleuthera, City of Freeport, Crooked Island and Long Cay, East Grand Bahama, Exuma, Grand Cay, Harbour Island, Hope Town, Inagua, Long Island, Mangrove Cay, Mayaguana, Moore’s Island, North Abaco, North Andros, North Eleuthera, Ragged Island, Rum Cay, San Salvador, South Abaco, South Andros, South Eleuthera, Spanish Wells, West Grand Bahama

CAPITAL CITY

Nassau on the island of New Providence.

GOVERNMENT

Parliamentary democracy under a constitutional monarchy; a Commonwealth realm

LANGUAGES

English

CURRENCY

Bahamian Dollar = $1 USD

ELECTRICITY

Voltage 110v, North American socketstyle

DRIVING

On the left – be careful when crossing!

WEATHER

Expected average temperatureinApril 83F/maximum67F/minimum